05/26/2013 08:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mariska Hargitay On 'Law And Order: SVU' Season 15: Actress Signs New Deal


Mariska Hargitay's "Law & Order: SVU" fate is sealed. The actress known to legions of fans as Detective Olivia Benson has signed a new deal to return for "Law & Order: SVU" Season 15.

Hargitay, who has played Detective Benson since the show started in 1999, had not signed on prior to the show's cliffhanger finale. The Season 14 finale of "SVU" ended with Hargitay's character face-to-face with a murderer/rapist in her apartment, a gun pointed at her face.

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"SVU" will return to NBC in the fall on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET. Hargitay took to Twitter after the finale, but did not confirm her return until Saturday, May 25.

Worried fans also reacted to the cliffhanger Season 14 finale on Twitter.